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Heritage Open Days in Preston 2023: What’s happening and when

Posted on - 13th August, 2023 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Broughton, City Centre, Deepdale, History, Nostalgia, Parks, Preston buildings & attractions, Preston City Centre, Preston News, UCLan, University campus, What's On in Preston
The Old Tram Bridge spans the River Ribble at Avenham Park Pic: Stephen Melling
The Old Tram Bridge spans the River Ribble at Avenham Park Pic: Stephen Melling

The history and heritage of Preston is being explored this September as Heritage Open Days return.

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From exploring the city’s suburbs to going behind the scenes at the waste-collection service there’s a variety of different events and walking tours on offer.

Here’s what’s happening throughout the Heritage Open Days in Preston which run from 8 September to 17 September at many different locations. All events are free to attend.

Saturday 9 September
Broughton in Amounderness Heritage Centre and Church Cottage Museum
. Open 10am-4pm with tours throughout the day. No booking required.

Creativity Unwrapped at Lancashire Archives. Open 10am to 4pm. No booking required.

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Preston Masonic Hall. Freemasons have met in the city since 1775 and this is a chance to explore the Saul Street home. Open from 10am to 3.30pm with tours taking place throughout the day. No booking required.

Preston Town Hall. Visit the council chamber and see behind the scenes in the Town Hall and meet the Mayor in the Mayor’s parlour. Tours are at 10am and 11.30am, no booking required.

Dobcroft Nature Reserve. Open from 11am to 3pm a chance to explore the nature reserve in INgol which is behind the Intact Centre. Lots of different activities on from willow weaving, crafts, guided tours, pond dipping and more. Hot food, drinks and snacks will also be on offer.

Read more: Explore more about Preston’s history

Sunday 10 September
Broughton in Amounderness Heritage Centre and Church Cottage Museum
. Open 2pm-5pm with tours throughout the day. No booking required.

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Preston Cleansing Department. Argyll Road. A chance to go behind the scenes on the history of collecting rubbish in the city. Tours are 10.30am, 11.30am and 1.30pm. Booking required and booking opens 14 August at 7am, booking is via calling 01772906278 or email wastemanagement@preston.gov.uk

Preston Playhouse. A tour of the front of house and backstage areas at the theatre in Market Street West. Open from 10am to 4pm. No booking required.

Tuesday 12 September
Ashton Freehold, celebrating a Victorian suburb. A guided walk from 6pm. Booking required via Eventbrite and booking opens from 1 September.

University of Central Lancashire Library and Special Collections. A chance to explore the artefacts held at UCLan’s library and archive. At 1.30pm and pre-booking preferred via Eventbrite.

University of Central Lancashire rooftop tour. A chance to go up onto the roof of the new student centre in Adelphi Square. At 2.30pm, booking preferred via Eventbrite.

Wednesday 13 September
Lancashire Conservation Studios & Collections at St Mary’s Church
, St Mary’s Street. Meet the curator from 4pm to 7.30pm and expolore unexpected items created in Lancashire. Church grounds open 3.30pm-8pm. No booking required.

Historical guided tour of Fulwood Barracks. Tours are at 9.30am for 10am, 11.30am for 12noon and 1.30pm for 2pm tour starts. Booking is essential as places are limited to 25 people per tour, booking via this form.

Evening Talk 66 (2nd) East Lancs Div – 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) – Capt (Ret’d) Andy Moorhouse. The talk starts at 6.30pm and we ask if people could arrive at 6pm to allow for booking into the barracks. Booking is essential at this form.

Thursday 14 September
University of Central Lancashire Library and Special Collections. A chance to explore the artefacts held at UCLan’s library and archive. At 1.30pm and pre-booking preferred via Eventbrite.

University of Central Lancashire rooftop tour. A chance to go up onto the roof of the new student centre in Adelphi Square. At 2.30pm, booking preferred via Eventbrite.

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Evening Talk Pride of Preston; The Dick Kerr Ladies (Football’s best kept secret 1917-1965). Hear about Preston’s famous ladies football team and their links to Fulwood Barracks – Gail J Newsham (Author of In A League of Their Own!). The talk starts at 6.30pm and we ask if people could arrive at 6pm to allow for booking into the barracks. Booking is essential at this form.

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Friday 15 September
The Fulwood Barracks Story – Mike Glover, Chairman, Lancashire Infantry Museum. The talk starts at 6.30pm and we ask if people could arrive at 6pm to allow for booking into the barracks. Booking is essential at this form.

Saturday 16 September
Garstang Quaker Meeting House. Nestled in Calder House Lane, Bowgreave, PR3 1ZE the house is grade-II listed and dates back to 1829. Open 11am to 4pm, no booking required.

Haslam Park and Local Nature Reserve. Two walks, one at 11am about Thomas Mawson the landscape architect and another at 2pm focused on Haslam Park’s trees. No booking required.

Lancashire Conservation Studios & Collections at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Street. Meet the curator from 10.30am to 3.30pm and expolore unexpected items created in Lancashire. Church grounds open. No booking required.

Open Day at No3 Syke Street. Well known as the former Charity Shop Rwanada is’ now inhabited by designers and artists. Open 10am to 3pm, no booking required.

Preston Markets heritage walk. Discover the history of the city’s markets with guided tours. First one at 10am and second at 12noon. Booking required, call the Markets Office on 01772906048 to book on.

St Michael’s & All Angels, Ashton-on-Ribble. Located in Egerton Road the church opened in 1908. Buildings and grounds are open to explore from 10am to 12noon. No booking required.

The Lancaster Canal Tram Road and Old Tram Bridge. A two-hour guided walk covering part of the route of the old traim. There’s a walk at 10am and then again at 1.30pm. Booking required through Eventbrite for the 10am session and the 1.30pm session.

Ghost tour of Fulwood Barracks. Tours are at 9.30am to 10am, 11.30am for 12noon and 1.30pm for 2pm tour starts. Booking is essential as places are limited to 30 people per tour. Booking via this form.

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Sunday 17 September
Ashton Freehold, celebrating a Victorian suburb. A guided walk from 10am. Booking required via Eventbrite and booking opens from 1 September.

Ashton Freehold, celebrating a Victorian suburb. Open afternoon at St Michael’s Church from 1pm to 4pm.

St Michael’s & All Angels, Ashton-on-Ribble. Located in Egerton Road the church opened in 1908. Buildings and grounds are open to explore from 1.30pm to 4pm. No booking required.

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Full listings and information is available at the Heritage Open Days website.

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